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Dear George

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nursery_rhyme
http://www.rhymes.org.uk/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1H6iODKUsY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbB53CR9b5M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBEHFFnV3RY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSdWCtn8oko

What could be the probable reason for Out of so many Nursery Rhymes, most of the children like the following nursery rhymes
mentioned below

1. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
2. Humpty Dumpty
3. Jack and Jill
4. London Bridge Is Falling Down
5. Mary Had a Little Lamb
6. Ring a Ring o' Roses
7. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
8. I hear Thunder

Could the reason may be due to : The above rhymes are easy to interpret, learn, grasp, remember  unlike other nursery rhymes by children ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Hello

Very interesting question but a very simple answer. I will combine the answer of the first and the second part of your question.  The reason of being out so but so many Nursery Rhymes is because nowadays those rhymes are more simple and focus on specific subjects. You are correct for the reason you said. Of course is easier to interpret, to learn to grasp to remember, and all these because the most of the ''new age'' nursery rhymes are very simple. They focus on one or maybe two subjects so to repeat continuously the same phrases , the same words, so for the children to understand , to remember and to learn even though they may loose a phrase or a whole scene. Older rhymes were more complicated with a lot of meanings and a long boring stories and became so difficult for the kids to stay focused and learn anything. or even to remember anything.

Thank you

George Papasavas

P.S : hope that one helps  

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